Jane’s Walk is a festival of free neighbourhood walking tours that help put people in touch with their city, the things that happen around them, the built environment, the natural environment, and especially with each other.
Jane’s Walks are named after author and urbanist Jane Jacobs. Her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, was published in 1961 and continues to influence urban planning ideas. There are more than 50 walks planned this weekend in Ottawa and Gatineau.
Jane’s Walk began in May, 2007 in Toronto, and spread quickly. In 2008, it was held in ten Canadian cities: here in Ottawa, as well as in Charlottetown, Halifax, Toronto, Guelph, London, Thornbury-Clarksburg, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver. Over 6000 people across Canada took part.
Jane’s Walk is now a global event. In 2017, Jane’s Walk was held in more than 200 cities in more than forty countries.
You can see a full list of the walks scheduled this weekend: